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NVIDIA RTX 2070 Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 17-October-2018  12:38:19 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Reviews are out for the NVIDIA RTX 2070 cards, the final piece of the originally-announced RTX series lineup. People are hoping this card provides a more wallet-friendly upgrade path from the 10x0 series, without the blistering price-tag of the 2080 cards. Read on to find out if a 2070 should be your next GPU:

MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Armor OC on NeoSeeker.
EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 XC Gaming Graphics Card on LegitReviews.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 on TechSpot.
EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 XC Review: Turing's Sweet Spot on HotHardware.
ASUS Turbo GeForce RTX 2070 8GB on Guru3D.
MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Armor 8G on Guru3D.
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Review - Featuring EVGA on PCPerspective.
The EVGA RTX 2070 Black Benchmarked with 38 Games on BabelTechReviews.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Review: The Perfect Card For 1440p on Tweaktown.
Nvidia RTX 2070 Founders Edition on LanOC.
MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Armor 8G OC on OCClub.

Discussion continues in this thread.

Tuesday Morning (3 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 16-October-2018  11:31:22 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has passed away, aged 65. "Paul Allen's contributions to our company, our industry and to our community are indispensable," Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in a statement. "As co-founder of Microsoft, in his own quiet and persistent way, he created magical products, experiences, and institutions, and in doing so, he changed the world."

Catching up on a story from a week ago, people are concerned about some misleading benchmarks doing the rounds. Right away many of the results looked very suspect to me, having spent countless hours benchmarking both the 2700X and 8700K, I have a good idea of how they compare in a wide range of titles and these results looked very off. Having spotted a few dodgy looking results my next thought was, why is PCGamesN publishing this misleading data and why aren’t they not tearing the paid benchmark report apart? Do they simply not know better? Itel said the results were not dodgy, and issued some re-tested numbers. Anyway, we'll see more impartial reviews after Oct 19th, and in the meantime Kotaku have an article summarising the issue in some detail.

Phoronix looked at Linux scaling up to 128 threads on some serious hardware. Arriving last week in our Linux benchmarking lab was a dual EPYC server -- this Dell PowerEdge R7425 is a beast of a system with two AMD EPYC 7601 processors yielding a combined 64 cores / 128 threads, 512GB of RAM (16 x 32GB DDR4), and 20 x 500GB Samsung 860 EVO SSDs. There will be many interesting benchmarks from this server in the days and weeks ahead. For some initial measurements during the first few days of stress testing this 2U rack server, here is a look at how well various benchmarks/applications are scaling from two to 128 threads.

Guru3D have an updated PC Buyer's Guide, which fortunately isn't just a huge pile of Amazon affiliate links as these things often are. As usual, we are making this guide to show you what can be done at various price points in the PC gaming hardware space. As always, please note that the following guides are 'templates' only, and that availability in your local area, as well as pricing, could drastically affect what you are able to go for.

HardOCP managed to jump the gun a little and have an RTX 2070 Gaming Z review before the NDA lifts, by the cunning tactic of having not signed the NDA. Since we have not signed NVIDIA's recent NDA, we are not being sourced RTX review cards by NVIDIA or its AIBs. We were however able to source a retail sample from overseas. The official embargo for the RTX 2070 expires Tuesday at 8am CDT. Since we are not held to NVIDIA's embargo we have a full RTX 2070 performance review for you today. We’ve got a custom retail-packed factory overclocked video card based on the new GeForce RTX 2070. We will be comparing the GeForce RTX 2070 with the GeForce GTX 1080 and Radeon RX Vega 64 video cards in eight games at 1440p and 4K.

Meanwhile, NVIDIA are using their whizzo new video cards to prove the moon landing wasn't fake.. or something. What? It’s been almost fifty years since the Apollo 11 moon landing, and the controversy of its staging followed it for many decades after. Four years ago, using our Maxwell GPU technology, NVIDIA addressed the controversy by showing how it would have been impossible to stage.

Monday Afternoon (12 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 15-October-2018  17:45:45 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The Assistant Treasurer has been required to pay back nearly $40k in excess internet data usage costs. "I‘ve immediately [repaid] a full amount of $37,975 that reflects excess usage charges under the Finance Department’s approved plan," Mr Robert said in a post on Twitter on Friday afternoon. Special Minister of State Alex Hawke said the excessive charges were not covered by Mr Robert's department-approved plan and did not meet community expectations.

Meanwhile, the Government's anti-encryption laws continue to draw criticism. Apple have called it dangerous, while Cisco warn it will create backdoors. Telcos warn it will cause significant harm. Telcos and software providers have warned the government's 'anti-encryption' bill is too vague and could have unintended consequences for service provision both in Australia and overseas. The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, whose office would be charged with overseeing how ASIO and ASIS would use new powers according to the legislation, has also outlined areas where more detail is required.

Microsoft are moving to help protect Linux by open-sourcing 60,000 patents. The move will see the Redmond giant pledge its valuable and deep portfolio of over 60,000 issued patents open-source and available to other OIN members. Microsoft is positioning its move to show that it has no intention to use patents as a weapon against any free software, beyond just that free software which is part of OIN’s specific list.

In a Deja-Vu moment, the Government is saying they want to block overseas gambling websites in Australia. Communications Alliance — an industry group that counts Australia’s biggest telecommunications providers among its members — has given the idea in-principle support. The Interactive Gambling Act (IGA) bans the provision of overseas-based interactive gambling services to Australians. However, the act has been largely toothless.

Here's some coverage from Intel's Fall 2018 desktop launch event, on Tweaktown and OCClub. On Monday, October 8, 2018, Intel hosted an event in New York City to unveil a slew of new desktop processors. Way up above the city on the 68th floor of 3 World Trade Center; it was a fitting setting to take the CPU market to new heights.

Finally, here's a video about using your dishwasher to clean PC hardware. Righto then.

Monday Midday Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 15-October-2018  12:44:48 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
GIGABYTE X399 Aorus Xtreme TR4 Motherboard on HardOCP.
Ryzen 5 2600X vs. 2600: Which should you buy? on TechSpot.

Toshiba Exceria Pro N502 SD Card on MadShrimps.
QSAN XCubeNAS XN5008T NAS Server on NikKTech.
Synology DS1618+ Six-Bay NAS on Tweaktown.
TeamGroup MP32 M2 NVMe 480GB SSD on Guru3D.
MyDigitalSSD Pocket Vault Express on Tweaktown.

Input Etc:
Cooler Master MasterAccessory MP510-L Mousing Surface on APHNetworks.
CORSAIR STRAFE RGB MK.2 Keyboard on TechPowerUp.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Acer Predator Helios 300 Review: An Overclockable Gaming Laptop With 144Hz Display on HotHardware.
Hands On & Initial Benchmarks With An Ampere eMAG 32-Core ARM Server on Phoronix.

Noctua AMD Threadripper Air Cooler Roundup on HardOCP.
Raijintek ORCUS 360 RBW Liquid CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.
Thermalright ARO-M14G Ryzen AM4 CPU Air Cooler on HardOCP.

Silverstone Primera PM02 case on TechPowerUp.
Assassin's Creed Origins Full Experience on OCClub.
Blue Yeti Nano microphone on Vortez.
Thermaltake Toughpower GX1 700W PSU on HardOCP.

Misc Pics (25 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 12-October-2018  14:48:38 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Back to a normal Friday again. :)

Friday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 12-October-2018  00:37:48 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock Fatal1ty B450 Gaming K4 (AMD B450) Motherboard on Tweaktown.
ASRock Z390 Extreme4 Intel Z390 Motherboard Video on OCInside.

Samsung 970 Pro 512 GB on TechPowerUp.
Transcend StoreJet 600 240GB Portable SSD on Tweaktown.
Patriot's Evlvr 1-TB external SSD on Tech Report.
Terra Master F4-220 4 bay NAS on Guru3D.

G.SKILL Trident Z 4000 MHz DDR4 on TechPowerUp.
Ballistix Sport AT 32GB DDR4-3000 Memory Kit on FunkyKit.

Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-OMEGA RGB Mid-Tower Tempered Glass Gaming Case on OCClub.

Input Etc:
Cooler Master Masteraccessory MP860 mousepad on Vortez.
Das Keyboard X50Q on Vortez.
ASUS TUF Gaming M5 mouse on TechPowerUp.

Audio Visual:
Pangea Audio Headphone Hanger on GamingNexus.
Jabra Elite Active 65t True Wireless Earbuds on NikKTech.
Dell S2719DM Ultra-Thin FreeSync HDR Monitor on TechARP.

Video Cards:
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Founders Edition on Vortez.
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Gaming X Trio on NeoSeeker.
Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 Ti GAMING OC 11G on Guru3D.
Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 Gaming OC 8 GB on TechPowerUp.

Tuesday Afternoon (8 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 9-October-2018  16:41:37 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I'm back from Nationals with a bronze medal to show for it! But it seems in the real world quite a few things have happened while I've been away, so it's time for some news catchup.

Firstly, Google suffered a similar social media data leak to Facebook's recent one and have responded by finally giving up and shutting down Google+. Shortly after the story was published, Google announced that it will shut down consumer access to Google+ and improve privacy protections for third-party applications. In a blog post about the shutdown, Google disclosed the data leak, which it said potentially affected up to 500,000 accounts. Up to 438 different third-party applications may have had access to private information due to the bug, but Google apparently has no way of knowing whether they did because it only maintains logs of API use for two weeks. Discussion here.

But a much stranger story involves Supermicro, perhaps best known for their enterprise motherboards. A report by Bloomberg claims there are Chinese spy chips on their motherboards which have hugely compromised the worldwide tech ecosystem. I've read a bit about this and I can't work out how these spy chips are supposed to have interacted with the various O/Ss and encryption that would have been used by servers they're installed in. When a server was installed and switched on, the microchip altered the operating system’s core so it could accept modifications. What does that even mean? Anyway, pretty much everyone involved is denying the accusations, but if it turns out to be true it will be very widespread given pretty much everyone uses Supermicro motherboards - including the Australian Government. Anyway, still looking into this one, so feel free to jump into the discussion in this thread. Thanks to Ben and IntelInside for the tips.

A recent Windows 10 update has been pulled because it deletes user files, thanks Matt. Microsoft has paused the rollout of Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809), the latest version of the Windows 10 operating system, which Microsoft released this week, on Tuesday, October 2. In a support document updated today, October 6, the Redmond-based OS maker said it took this decision after users complained that v1809 had deleted files after the update.

There are some tougher new laws against online trolling and cyber-bullying in NSW. The changes aim to address an emerging trend of offenders threatening and harassing victims online through social media. Those who stalk or intimidate using modern technology will face a maximum of five years in prison under legislation to be introduced this month.

Intel have announced their 9th Generation Core CPUs. To that end, Intel revealed its new Core i9-9900K, which Intel says is “the best gaming processor in the world. Period.” The i9-9900K offers eight cores and 16 threads, clocked at base frequency of 3.6 GHz, which can be boosted up to 5.0 GHz. Along with the new Core i9 processor, Intel is also announcing new 9th Gen Core i5 and Core i7 models, too: the i7-9700K with eight cores and eight threads, and base 3.6 GHz clock speed (which can be boosted to 4.9 GHz); and the i5-9600K, which offers six cores and six threads at a base 3.7 GHz speed (which can be boosted up to 4.6 GHz). Discussion in this thread.

A few sites have hooked up NVIDIA's new video cards in NVLink, which is pretty much the new name for SLI - Tweaktown played with 4k @ 120FPS and 8k @ 60FPS, while LegitReviews have their impressions of the tech as well. We’ll be using two NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti FE graphics cards for our SLI setup and we’ll be using the NVIDIA GeForce RTX NVLink 3-slot bridge connector. This setup is extremely expensive and won’t be for everyone.

Tuesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 9-October-2018  14:24:00 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASUS ROG Strix Z390-E Gaming Preview on Vortez.
MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Pro Carbon Preview on Vortez.
ASRock Z390 Extreme4 Preview on on Vortez.
MSI Z390 Motherboards Preview on NeoSeeker.
ASRock Z390 Taichi Preview on TechPowerUp.
ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming-ITX/ac Motherboard Preview on Tweaktown.
MSI MEG Z390 GODLIKE Preview on TechPowerUp.
ASRock Z390 Taichi (Intel Z390) Motherboard Preview on Tweaktown.
MSI B450 Tomahawk (AMD B450) Motherboard on Tweaktown.
MSI B360 GAMING ARCTIC on TechPowerUp.

Seagate Fast SSD Portable USB (1TB) on Guru3D.
Seagate BarraCuda SSD 500 GB on TechPowerUp.

Fractal Design Define S2 chassis on Guru3D.
Fractal Design's Define S2 case on TechReport.

Portable & Prebuilt:
LG V40 ThinQ Review: A Five Camera Android Contender on HotHardware.
Shuttle XPC Slim Barebone DH310 on MadShrimps.

DeepCool GAMMAXX GT TGA CPU cooler on Vortez.
Enermax LiqTech II 240mm TR4 on Modders-Inc.

Power Supply:
Antec HCG 750W Bronze Power Supply Unit on NikKTech.
Seasonic PRIME 600 Titanium Fanless 600W on APHNetworks.

Gryphon Wireless Router on Tweaktown.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti To GTX 980 Ti TensorFlow Benchmarks on Phoronix.
Ballistix Tactical Tracer RGB PC4-24000 4x8GB DDR4 RAM on APHNetworks.
ViewSonic M1 + PX747-4K Projectors Briefing + Demos on TechARP.

Tuesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 9-October-2018  00:57:11 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Gigabyte Aorus B450 Pro WiFi Motherboard on FunkyKit.
AMD Athlon 200GE: Benchmarking The $60 Zen+Vega Chip on Phoronix.
ASRock Fatal1ty X470 Gaming-ITX/ac Motherboard on FunkyKit.
MSI X470 Gaming M7 AC AMD AM4 Motherboard Reader Review on OCInside.

Input Etc:
Cooler Master CK550 Mechanical Keyboard on APHNetworks.
Elgato Stream Deck Mini on NikKTech.

Western Digital Black NVMe – WD’s Acquisition of Sandisk Made This Possible on Bjorn3D.
HyperX Savage EXO SSD External Portable Drive on LegitReviews.
Icy Dock MB998IP-B/MB516SP-B Review - 8/16-Bays with MX500 on Tweaktown.
MyDigitalSSD BPX Pro 240GB SSD on Tweaktown.

Microsoft's Windows 10 October 2018 Update reviewed on TechReport.
PC Benchmarks: Shadow of the Tomb Raider: analysis on Guru3D.
Assassin's Creed Odyssey: Benchmark Performance Analysis on TechPowerUp.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Galaxy Note9 vs iPhone X – Who Wins The Low Light Shootout on TechARP.
Acer Swift 3 Laptop Review: Affordable And Accelerated With Optane on HotHardware.
HTC U12+ Smartphone on MadShrimps.
Moshi Kameleon Kickstand iPhone Case on ThinkComputers.

Secretlab SoftWeave: Gaming Chairs Go Next-Gen on Tweaktown.
Gamdias Achilles RGB Gaming Chair on TechPowerUp.

Crazzie Pro Gear GTR-1 PC backpack on Modders-Inc.
Rocketbook Everlast Reusable Smart Notebook on BigBruin.

Retro Misc Pics (25 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 5-October-2018  11:00:37 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I'm still away representing NSW at the Inline Hockey National Championships, so it's another batch of Misc Pics from the archives. Back to normal with a bumper crop next week, I promise!

10th October 2008:

24th October 2008:

31st October 2008:

Wednesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 4-October-2018  00:08:58 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
1MORE Triple Driver Over-Ear Headphones on TechPowerUp.
Logitech G Pro Gaming Headset on TechPowerUp.
Vidonn F1 bone conduction headphones on PCReview.

CRYORIG C7 Cu CPU cooler on TechPowerUp.
EK-Velocity CPU Water Block on TechPowerUp.
CRYORIG H7 Quad Lumi CPU Cooler on NikKTech.

Cooler Master Cosmos C700M on Guru3D.
Cooler Master Cosmos C700M on TechPowerUp.
Fractal Design Define S2 on ThinkComputers.
Fractal Design Define S2 on Vortez.
Fractal Design Define S2 on TechPowerUp.

CORSAIR Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Mini Dock Presentation on MadShrimps.
MyDigitalSSD BPX Pro 960GB SSD on Tweaktown.
MyDigitalSSD BPX Pro 480GB SSD on Tweaktown.
SilverStone Mammoth MMS02 Hard Drive Enclosure (Video) Review on APHNetworks.

Input Etc:
Logitech G512 Lightsync RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on FunkyKit.
SteelSeries Apex M750 TKL Aluminum Core Mechanical Esports Keyboard on NikKTech.
Roccat's Sova lapboard and Leadr wireless gaming mouse on Tech Report.
MSI Vigor GK70 keyboard on Vortez.

Video Cards:
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 OC on LegitReviews.
ASUS Republic of Gamers STRIX RTX 2080 Ti on PCPerspective.
ASUS GeForce RTX 2080 ROG STRIX Gaming OC on HotHardware.
ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 2080 Ti OC on Vortez.

Forza Horizon 4 Benchmarked game on TechSpot.
HyperX Predator DDR4 3200MHz memory on Vortez.
EWin Flash Series Computer Gaming Chair on OCClub.

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